Desistance and attitudes towards sex offenders : facilitation or hindrance?

Willis, Gwenda M., Levenson, Jill S. and Ward, Tony 2010, Desistance and attitudes towards sex offenders : facilitation or hindrance?, Journal of family violence, vol. 25, no. 6, pp. 545-556, doi: 10.1007/s10896-010-9314-8.

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Title Desistance and attitudes towards sex offenders : facilitation or hindrance?
Author(s) Willis, Gwenda M.
Levenson, Jill S.
Ward, Tony
Journal name Journal of family violence
Volume number 25
Issue number 6
Start page 545
End page 556
Publisher Springer New York
Place of publication New York, N. Y.
Publication date 2010-08
ISSN 0885-7482
Keyword(s) attitudes to sex offenders
Summary In an ideal world, there would be a seamless relationship between interventions that focus on risk factors causally associated with sexual reoffending and the subsequent release of, and ongoing support for, offenders into the community. However, emotionally fueled and uninformed public responses to news of released sex offenders, and the legislation such responses have inspired, severely hinder this process. Our aims in this paper are to review findings of research on community attitudes about sex offenders within a desistance framework. More specifically, we provide a synthesis of the current research literature on attitudes towards sex offenders. Second, we consider in more detail those studies that include community member samples. Third, we review interventions aimed at promoting attitude change amongst professionals working with sex offenders and finally formulate some recommendations for promoting positive attitude change amongst the general public.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s10896-010-9314-8
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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